The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program.
Rationale: The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.
How to Apply: Applicants may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through proposalCENTRAL (https://proposalcentral.altum.com/default.asp). The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time.
Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies. Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application.
For projects with Principal Investigator (PIs) at different institutions, the LOI should be signed and submitted by the PI designated as the main PI with the involvement of his/her institution.
LOI Requirements Include:
Research plan (two-page limit, plus up to one page for references and figures): Signed by the main PI on letterhead, which includes a brief summary of the support requested, including the names of the other PI(s) involved, if applicable, the scientific goals, background relevant to the application, and a brief budget justification.
A tentative yearly budget (two-page limit) indicating total amount and major expense categories with proposed start and end dates.
Applicants will be notified within two months of the LOI submission.
Please note that the volume of interest in this program is such that the foundation is not able to provide advance guidance on potential proposals. We use the LOI stage to assess suitability and novelty. The foundation recommends submitting an LOI if an applicant believes his/her research meets the criteria outlined in the RFA.
A review of the LOI may lead to a request for a full proposal. Full proposals must be submitted via proposalCENTRAL by the main PI and his/her institution. The full proposal deadline will be noted in the LOI notification and will be no sooner than three months from the date of the LOI approval.
NOTE: Your submitted LOI will remain in the IN PROGRESS queue of the MANAGE PROPOSALS tab in proposalCENTRAL. If your LOI is approved, you will be able to access the full proposal application in the IN PROGRESS queue. If the LOI status changes to LOI: APPROVED, you may click the EDIT button to gain access to the full application. Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information.
Full Proposal Requirements Include:
Research plan (six-page limit, plus up to two pages for references and figures): A detailed summary of the support requested, including the names of the PI(s) involved, the scientific goals, background relevant to the application, and the significance of the requested support.
A detailed yearly budget and justification with proposed start and end dates.
- An NSF-style biosketch for all PIs involved in the proposal, which should include:
- Information about professional preparation, positions held, and academic distinctions;
- A list of current and former collaborators, postdoctoral fellows supervised, and Ph.D. students trained within the past five years;
- A list of up to ten relevant publications.
Statement of current and pending support for all PIs involved in the proposal.
501(c)(3) equivalency determination letter from the IRS for international institutions. Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information.
Applicants will be notified within three months of the full proposal submission.
Funding and Allowable Expenses: A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable.
Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor.
For further guidance, please see the foundation’s grant award policies, which can be found on our website (https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/policies-and-procedures/#mps).
Unspent Funds: Funds allocated for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or other junior researchers may be carried over from year to year, as appropriate, until the end of the grant. Unspent PI salary and fringe benefit funds at the end of each grant year must be returned to the foundation within 60 days.
A carry-forward request is required only if the unexpended balance exceeds $50,000 of the previous year’s funding and is due at least 30 days prior to the end date of the grant year.
Unspent funds at the end of the grant must be returned to the foundation unless express permission is obtained for a specified future use. Requests for no-cost extensions may be considered.
Reporting: Annual financial statements and progress reports are due within 60 days following the end of each grant year. Specific deliverable requirements will be outlined in the award notification.
Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers. There is no limit per institution or individual. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.
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Senior Program Manager, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
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